July 28, 2020

Enjoy a Socially Distanced Vacation in Seattle

When the travel bug hits you and you want to enjoy a little rest and relaxation away from home, book a trip to Seattle. Even though you are in the heart of all of Seattle’s action you can still enjoy a wonderful, socially distanced vacation that combines all the best aspects of the city while staying safe and healthy. 

Enjoy Your Favorite Restaurants With a Romantic Picnic 

Several restaurants are opening to partial capacity and working to promote social distancing for dine-in customers but with weather like this, why not take your food to-go and enjoy a delicious and distanced picnic! We’ve created a list of Our Favorite To-Go Restaurants but if you’re craving that special something from your favorite spot, chances are they’ll be more than happy to create your incredible meal for take-out service. You can enjoy your meal at one of Capitol Hill’s numerous parks or cozy up in Shafer Baillie’s sunroom or outdoor seating areas. 


Explore Capitol Hill With Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets

As one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill is filled with quaint charm, art, and unique neighborhoods. Enjoy a stroll around town with Seattle’s Stay Healthy Streets. Earlier this summer, Seattle decided to turn some of the most prominent walking and biking streets into pedestrian- and bicycle-only greenways. Without cars on the streets, people can safely distance themselves while exploring the main streets of Capitol Hill, Ballard, Green Lake, and other Seattle neighborhoods. You can find all Stay Healthy Streets in Seattle on this interactive map!


Kayak on Lake Union

Get out on the water and cool off with a kayak or SUP rental from Moss Bay. This rental company in South Lake Union is only a mile and a half from Shafer Baillie Mansion and is offering a clean, socially distanced kayak experience. Reservations are all made via phone and launch times are spread out every 15 minutes to minimize contact. Your kayak or stand up paddleboard comes perfectly sanitized and allows you to enjoy the water with no worries. 

Wine Tasting in Woodinville

Many wineries have changed their hours and property tours to make sure that everyone stays safe. Chateau St. Michelle, the oldest winery in the state, is accepting guests to their acclaimed tasting room by advanced reservations only. When you call ahead and reserve your time, you’ll be met with a personalized experience unlike any other. Patterson Cellars is offering private tours and tastings in small groups or a wine & cheese pairing experience to go. You can also pick up bottles with curbside service and enjoy your own tasting experience at the inn!

Stay at Shafer Baillie Mansion

When looking for a place to stay in Seattle, look no further than Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast on Capitol Hill. This historic 14,000 square foot home allows you to spread out and unwind. Before you arrive, your innkeepers are busy making sure that your rooms are perfectly disinfected and ready for your stay. As has been our practice, we use disposable gloves when cleaning rooms. We are now wearing masks as well. We have triple guards on our bedding–bedbug protectors, mattress protectors, and then sheets (and similarly for our pillows) to ensure maximum cleanliness. We plan to schedule rooms to remain open at least one full day between guests in order to spend extra time cleaning and to limit the number of rooms available for reservations this summer, which will allow for more social distancing.


When you arrive, we will send you the numerical code to our front door and the directions to your room via email for self-check-in. You’ll find hand sanitizing stations in the entry hall table and frequently disinfected common areas. For your safety and ours, we will be offering daily housekeeping only upon request and will be coordinating with you to exchange towels, remove trash, and restock supplies as needed. During your stay, we continue to clean common areas like our warm and bright sunroom, cozy library, and dining room. Our breakfasts, while still delicious and energizing as usual, have changed a bit. Instead of a larger seating all in the dining room, we encourage you to enjoy our breakfasts in different common areas around our inn. It’s easy to spread out and find somewhere secluded in our mansion. 


Stay safe, healthy, and relaxed during your trip to Seattle. Enjoy all of your favorite restaurants, views, and parts of town while socially distancing. There is a mask mandate in the state of Washington requiring all people to wear face-coverings when in public and maintaining a 6-foot buffer is recommended to ensure everyone’s safety.